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This area of Canyonlands has a few hiking trails and views of beautiful canyons.
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WC-Travelers-75
West Chester, PA2,183 contributions
We arrived a little after 8 am and drove all the way to Grand View Point Overlook and took an RV space. We have a 23 ft. Class B+. Glad we got there early. Parking filled up quickly with tour buses and other arrivals. People ended up parking along the road before the loop.

We hiked both the Grand View Point and White Rim Overlook Trails from this area. If limited in time you can overlook the Overlook Trail - not as interesting until you get to the end but would be good for kids. On the way out from there, we did the Orange Cliffs, Buck Canyon and Green River as well as Mesa Arch hike.

Parking was a premium at the Upheaval Dome Trailhead so we went to hike Whale Rock. Definitely, a moderate hike tending toward difficult with blustery winds. We did not attempt to skirt the rock formation at the top to make to the very end of this trail.

Returning to the Upheaval Dome Trailhead, we bit the bullet and parked along the approach road and hiked back. Leaving the Trailhead,we hiked out and back to the second overlook. Definitely the most interesting hike of the day with geologic wonder.
Written March 23, 2020
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Melissa P
Pflugerville, TX398 contributions
As we only had one day to devote to visiting Canyonlands NP, we decided to focus on the Island in the Sky section. We got there early in the morning, around 7:15, so there was no line to get in as the fee station was not yet open. We began with Mesa Arch, a quick and satisfying hike to see this iconic viewpoint. We then moved a short distance to Aztec Butte. Really, this was not a hike to be missed, especially the smaller butte with the ancient granary storage. The views were great, although the hike to the taller butte was a little challenging in spots (our first day at altitude). We also spent some time at Upheaval Dome and ate our lunch at one of the picnic tables there. We spent the next few hours driving to all the other overlooks and taking lots of pictures. This is quite an impressive park, and we look forward to delving deeper on our next visit to the area.
Written June 30, 2021
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jrdc2017
Washington DC, DC28 contributions
Canyonlands is huge and this section is one part. Its closest to Moab (about 30 mins). Its very remote, there is nothing around the park entrance. Its user friendly in terms of a paved road that lets you drive the length of the park with places to pull off for parking or photos, and a good map provided by the rangers that show different types of hikes and their distance. The rim walk, Mesa Arch, and Syncline Loop for those more adventurous are great options to see some of the amazing views. Early is always better for the national parks as they are wildly popular. Canyonlands isn't as crowded as nearby Arches, but still get there early to enjoy it if you can
Written October 2, 2020
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preethi j
Atlanta, GA67 contributions
Canyonlands was wonderful. I didnt have high expectations as all the attention is put on Arches but we LOVED Canyonlands. We arrived at Mesa arch shortly after sunrise and felt the timing was great- the photographers were getting ready to leave and we were able to get great pics of the arch in the morning light. Next we did the Great Viewpoint hike which was short easy and had great views the whole way. We next did the upheavel dome hikes - both viewpoints. The 2nd viewpoint might be more work that reward compared to the 1st viewpoint. We visited the various viewpoints as well and dont miss the shafer viewpoint. My favorite hike in the park was Aztec Buttes. Gorgeous views and just a cool hike. It does require some scrambling but worth the work! A lot to see even if you dont want to hike a lot.
Written October 29, 2020
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jrperkins3
Seymour519 contributions
I finally got to see at least some of Canyonlands. It is beautiful and lived up to my expectation of the type of place I would love to spend alot more time exploring, but maybe when the weather is cooler. It has plenty of gorgeous views.

It is not quite Grand Canyon, but to me it is similar, yet prettier. The Grand Canyon is the gold standard of a huge, awe-inspiring canyon, but Canyonlands presents something beautiful and vast and that I think I could enjoy exploring over time.

Also, there's a lot of road and utility construction in Moab right now. I did not know, and got to town, and had to figure out how I could access my hotel. My hotel also had a sign that they would have no water on a certain day in Sept. due to construction. So check with the hotels in the area if you planning a trip.
Written August 31, 2020
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NatParkLove
Peoria, IL1,679 contributions
Absolutely plan some time to visit Island in the Sky while in the Moab area. It's about a 40 minute drive from town. There are plenty of hikes and overlooks to keep you busy for a day or even more. We enjoyed Mesa Arch, the Grand View Trail and saw most of the overlooks. It does get hot hot hot in the summer months, so go early in the AM or come back in the evening for your hikes. The visitor center only has vault toilets but they were extremely clean and even smelled pretty good when we were there!
Written July 14, 2020
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George A
Phoenix, AZ192 contributions
If you're coming to visit Moab and Arches, add an extra half day for Canyonlands. It's not overall as stunning as Arches but is more a 'best of' the local national parks: it has some arches, some hoodoos (like Bryce), canyon views (like the Grand Canyon), and lots of hiking. On clear days you can see the Rockies from Islands in the Sky, too. And it has far fewer crowds than the other parks, so it is much more pleasant to get around.
Written March 27, 2022
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ItchyFeet
Camarillo, CA7,563 contributions
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This road is the north entrance to Canyonlands NP, not far from Arches NP and Moab.

This short road has a visitor center with rangers outside to explain the park and nice bathrooms and a water refill station.

Then there are 6 overlooks and Mesa Arch and Whale Rock. You’ll get a map at the visitor center and should stop at each place. We spent 3/4 of a day and spent most of our time at the Grand View Point Overlook which looks like expansive views similar to the Grand Canyon. You can see the Colorado and Green Rivers. There is a trail around the edge of rim that gives you great views and different angles and viewpoints; it is very quiet and peaceful and highly recommended.
Take chairs and lunch and find a quiet place to sit.
On your way back to Moab we stopped at Dead Horse State Park which also has amazing views and well worth the stop !
Written November 1, 2020
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Ashley Mantras
Murrieta, CA113 contributions
This park can easily be missed but should not be. Super nice drive up, not too far away from Moab and Arches NP. You can drive and get out on short trails, etc. We did Upheaval Dome and Green River Overlook and while we could have done SO much more we felt happy to be able to just drive and look out over the vistas.
Written February 19, 2020
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siouxsy
Tustin, CA1,089 contributions
We stayed in Moab for a trip to Arches. Decided to take a day trip to Canyonlands. Park is divided into 3 and not possible to visit all on the same day. Island I a the sky was most accessible and only about 40 mins from Moab. Wow, wow, wow. Blew our minds! It was so incredibly beautiful. Understandably a part of the Utah’s mighty 5 national park. Definitely recommend visiting, especially if you are going to arches, slate a day for canyonlands
Written December 1, 2020
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